Butterscotch Pudding (Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Vegan)
Butterscotch pudding is traditionally prepared with brown sugar, vanilla, milk (or cream), eggs and butter, but this dairy-free (and vegan!) version cuts down on the calories and fat significantly while still keeping a rich texture and butterscotch flavor. This pudding makes a nice and easy weeknight dessert, lunchbox sweet or after school treat. (For lunchbox desserts, after the pudding has cooled and chilled completely, Portion the pudding into individual sealable cups for easy, grab and go homemade sweets.
For a richer pudding with a nutty flavor, use coconut milk in place of the almond milk in this recipe.
3 tablespoons/45g cornstarch
¾ cups/165g dark brown sugar, packed
1/8 teaspoon/.5ml salt
2 ¼ cups/560ml unsweetened plain almond milk, divided
1 tablespoon/15g vegan soy free margarine, softened
1 teaspoon.5ml vanilla
Gather all of your ingredients. (Puddings cook quickly, so it's best to have everything you need measured and at hand.) You will also need a small saucepan and a wooden spoon or wire whisk for stirring. In a small saucepan off heat, combine the cornstarch, sugar and salt until well mixed. Add ¼ cup of almond milk (or other dairy-free milk alternative) and place the saucepan over medium-low heat, mixing well to dissolve the cornstarch and sugar. Add the remaining almond milk, stirring constantly until mixture thickens for about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and whisk in the soy margarine and vanilla until completely incorporated. Transfer pudding to a heat proof dish, place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding (this will prevent a skin from forming), and chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before serving. Serve cold.
**This recipe is suitable for dairy-free, vegan, lactose-free, and egg-free diets, but as with any recipe intended for persons with allergies or dietary restrictions, make sure to read all nutritional labels carefully to make sure that there are no hidden dairy-derived ingredients (or other allergens, if these apply to you).